Earth Goddess Festival

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Earth Goddess Festival


30th NOVEMBER - 2nd DECEMBER 2018


Imagine……an amazing women’s festival set in the Victorian Central Highlands. 


 Bringing women together from all backgrounds......to discover, learn, share and celebrate their femininity for 3 wonderful days!




My name is Tessa Ambrose. 


In 2014 I started the Clunes Open House Dinners. This initiative was started, to provide healthy affordable meals and a chance to connect with the community. Four years in, the dinners are still held every Tuesday night and continue to serve 40-50 locals and visitors every week.


In 2015 I founded the Clunes Makers' Market, a not for profit event created to support local artisans. What initially began as a small market with 12 local artisan stalls, has now grown to 75+ stalls which brings in over 3000 visitors. 


In addition to these events, I volunteer for a number of other community groups: the Clunes Agricultural Society, Clunes Tourism & Development Association and Clunes Landcare & Waterways.


My decision to create and develop the Earth Goddess Festival was inspired by a need for a women's space in Western Victoria.


Earth Goddess Festival will provide an enriching experience for all the women that attend and also support our facilitators and entertainers. 




THE FESTIVAL


Held in the gorgeous springtime here in Central Victoria, the Earth Goddess Festival welcomes anyone who identifies as a woman. We embrace women of all sexualities, cultures and spiritualties.


The Earth Goddess Festival is a chance to:


  • Learn new skills
  • Spend time with like-minded people and make new friends
  • Be empowered in all aspects of your mind, body & soul
  • Find the support you need
  • Get back in touch with nature and the earth
  • Get involved in a charity project
  • Take a break from life and relax



One of the festival goals is to create zero waste, use only recycled or reusable materials and use only solar and bio fuels. The first festival will incorporate:

  • on site rubbish sorting into recycling and compost
  • compost toilets
  • vendors use compostable or recyclable packaging
  • no plastic straws, cutlery, packaging or plastic bags
  • solar lighting



Local community groups will be given the opportunity for their volunteers to work at the festival as a fundraiser for their organisation. The Clunes Neighbourhood House will be running the community kitchen and other groups will be helping to keep the facilities clean.



What you can expect at the festival:



MARKET PLACE


A thriving market, full of yummy food stalls and artisan products


STAGE


Entertainment throughout the day for you to chill out or dance to


ART INSTALLATIONS


Meet the artist and find out about their creative process


8 WORKSHOP SPACES


Workshops and classes will run all day with 80-100 facilitators. 

Some of the workshops proposed are:


MIND

  • Meditation
  • Mental Health
  • Writing/Poetry
  • Astrology


BODY

  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Circus/Acro


SPIRIT

  • Sexuality & Sex
  • Personal Development
  • Spirituality


HEALTH

  • Herbalism
  • Edible weeds
  • Food
  • Gut Health


MUSIC

  • Drumming
  • Sound healing
  • Singing


LIFESTYLE

  • Business
  • Permaculture/Sustainable Living
  • Bush tucker
  • Survivalism


HANDMADE

  • Wire work
  • Drum Making
  • Mosaics
  • Basket Weaving
  • Art
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • Jewellery


NEW SKILLS

  • Repurposing/Recycling
  • Carpentry
  • Stone Carving
  • Natural building techniques



INDIGENOUS SPACE


Experience indigenous heritage and culture 


CAMPING


Areas will be set aside for BYO accommodation including tents, vans and campers


FIRST AID & MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS


Available 24hours a day during the festival


HEALING SPACE


Massage & reiki


CHILL SPACES


Hammocks and swings to chill on throughout the festival


FACILITIES


Camp sites

Compost toilets

Showers

Drinking water points

Disability facilities

ATMs

Bins


VOLUNTEERING


Free tickets and meals will be available for all volunteers. However volunteer numbers are limited and once all positions are filled we will be unable to accept further applications.


Volunteers will assist the organisers in the setting up, smooth running of the event and packing up of the space.  Volunteering applications will be available once the festival funding is successful.


If, after purchasing your ticket for the Earth Goddess Festival, you would also like to volunteer at the event and your volunteer application is successful, your ticket price will be refunded to you.


CHARITY PROJECT


Throughout the weekend we will be making up packs for women who are homeless, affected by domestic violence or generally need a helping hand. You will have the chance to come and make a bag or blanket and put together a pack for someone in need.


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Come to the inaugural event and help celebrate this amazing 3-day festival.  


WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!!


Your pledge will ensure this event has a permanent home and secures the space for other groups to enjoy and use.


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THE PROPERTY


The Earth Goddess Festival will be held on a beautiful property, set in the picturesque landscape of the central highlands.


Not only are we raising funds to make this festival happen, we aim to purchase the 60 acre property as a permanent home for the Earth Goddess Festival. The property will also be utilised as a space to gather, connect with nature, and provide facilities for other festivals and community events.  This will also encourage more people to explore this wonderful town.


Talks have already been held with the current owner, so if we raise enough funds the sale will go ahead.


The purchase of the land will ensure that permanent infrastructure can be built on the allotment and the ongoing annual festival will not be threatened by a lease expiring. There will be no risk of the event moving and no ongoing lease costs. 


Funds from this project will also enable us to improve facilities at the property to include:

  • Dedicated pathways and disabled access
  • Camping area
  • Composting toilets    
  • Showers
  • Fencing and revegetation


There are many more ideas for what can be achieved at the property and how the community can be involved, but securing the title is the first step!


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Supporting this project will enable us to offer:

                                                                                                   

An event that empowers and supports women to learn, grow, share knowledge and come together in regional Victoria


An annual event that supports the local community and community groups


A property and event space that can be utilised and enjoyed for years to come by community groups and event managers


A property and event space that can add to the tourism potential of Clunes and the surrounding district


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Budget Overview

The festival size and complexity will depend on the funding goals which are met, however the main difference between the two budgets is the purchase of the property. If the property is purchased it will allow us to build as much permanent infrastructure as possible which will reduce ongoing costs and ensure a permanent home for the Earth Goddess Festival. 


Any additional funds raised from the event will go toward philanthropy projects.


Goal $450,000 (leasing the land)


If we achieve the goal of $450,000 we will go ahead with the festival and lease the land for the first festival.  This scenario includes much more hired infrastructure. 



Cost Breakdown:


  • Fencing & gates $40,000
  • Paths & drainage $30,000
  • Stage $10,000
  • Workshop tent hire $224,400
  • Hammocks $4000
  • Seating & tables $7,000
  • Power cabling & solar lights $50,000
  • Water pipes and points $5,000
  • Compost Toilets (60) $5,000
  • Showers (18) $3000
  • Bore $12,000
  • Tree planting $500
  • Sound System and stage lighting hire $2000
  • Pas and mics $4000
  • Walkie talkies (20) $1500
  • ATV hire $5,000
  • Shipping containers for storage (4) $10,000
  • Workshop materials $20,000
  • Land hire $10,000


Goal $800,000 (includes land purchase)


If we achieve the goal of $800,000 the property will be purchased, which will mean we can install permanent infrastructure such as toilets and showers.  The items that will not be permanent in this scenario are the workshop tents as these cost up to $400,000 each to purchase outright, the sound equipment and the ATV hire.



Cost Breakdown:


  • Fencing & gates $40,000
  • Paths & drainage $30,000
  • Stage $10,000
  • Workshop tent hire $224,400
  • Hammocks $4000
  • Seating & tables $7,000
  • Power cabling & solar lights $50,000
  • Water pipes and points $5,000
  • Compost Toilets (60) $5,000
  • Showers (18) $3000
  • Bore $12,000
  • Tree planting $500
  • Sound System and stage lighting hire $2000
  • Pas and mics $4000
  • Walkie talkies (20) $1500
  • ATV hire $5,000
  • Shipping containers for storage (4) $10,000
  • Workshop materials $20,000
  • Land purchase $335,000


Potential Challenges

Weather


The Central Highlands of Victoria is renowned for long periods of dry and hot temperatures. We will ensure that adequate shelter is provided and free drinking water will be available throughout the site.


In the event of inclement weather, the workshop spaces will also provide shelter for all attendees. 


In the unlikely event of fire or flash flooding, there are a number of safe evacuation zones in the nearby town of Clunes. 



Budget


The festival infrastructure has been budgeted for as per the above budget overview graphs.  


Engaging community support, utilising volunteers and obtaining second hand materials will all go a long way to mitigating any budget blow outs.



Council Approval


Discussions are already underway with the Hepburn Shire events staff and I am confident that they will be supportive of the event. 




AU$10 +Donation - just our undying gratitude!Feel wonderful knowing that your contribution will further help make this festival a success. Choose this option for a no reward donation and modify your pledge to suit your will and capacity. We love you back!
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AU$100 +Festival Day PassCan’t make it for the whole weekend? Enjoy a whole day of festivities at the event. Choose from Saturday or Sunday. Entry to the festival from 7am-6pm. Includes all workshops and entertainment.
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AU$150 +Community Group Priority EventFestival not your thing or you can’t make it to the weekend, but you’d love to help us realise our goal and be able to use the facilities for your own event or community group? This reward allows you priority booking for your event and using the space at a time of your choice during the year.
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AU$250 +Early Bird Festival TicketGet in quick to secure your Early Bird Ticket and enjoy the whole weekend at a discounted price! Enjoy all of the workshops, talks, music and festivity across the whole weekend PLUS seven nutritious meals from the community kitchen!
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AU$300 +Festival TicketA whole weekend of Goddess goodness at the festival. Enjoy all of the workshops, talks, music and festivity across the whole weekend PLUS seven nutritious meals from the community kitchen!
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AU$1500 +Festival PatronPhwoar! – a whole weekend of Goddess goodness at the festival. Enjoy all of the workshops, talks, music and festivity across the whole weekend PLUS seven nutritious meals from the community kitchen! PLUS your business or name advertised throughout the festival in the program, on the website and social media and on prominent signage at the event PLUS a limited edition EGF cap PLUS our undying gratitude!
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